For US diplomacy, special envoys make a comeback

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. special envoy is back. The Trump administration, which had steered away from appointing high-level diplomats to focus on particular world trouble spots, is...

State Dept. lacked long-term care for Cuba health incidents

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal review submitted to Congress Thursday says the State Department had "insufficient resources" to support long-term care following mysterious health incidents in Cuba. ...

Trump speaks out about Africa again, and many cringe

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — By now, many Africans know to cringe whenever "Trump" and their continent are mentioned together. It's happened again. In a tweet overnight, President Donald Trum...

US decides to release suspended military aid to Egypt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the United States has decided to release $195 million in military aid to Egypt after withholding the assistance last year over human rights concerns. ...

Trump nominates 4 to top foreign service rank

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating four career foreign service officers to the rank of career ambassador, the first such nominations under an administration that has been criticize...

Retired general likely to fill US State Dept. post responsible for Taiwan policy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the U.S. State Department Susan Thornton announced her plans to leave the position o...

Notable firings and resignations from Trump's White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Notable firings and resignations from President Donald Trump's White House since he took office on Jan. 20, 2017. — July 5: Environmental Protection Agency Administ...

Notable firings and resignations from Trump's White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Notable firings and resignations from President Donald Trump's White House since he took office on Jan. 20, 2017. — July 5: Environmental Protection Agency Administ...

Life in Trump Cabinet: perks, pestering, power, putdowns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross came in for an Oval Office tongue-lashing after he used a can of simple soup as a TV prop. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got overruled by President Dona...

Trump pressed aides on Venezuela invasion, US official says

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, President Donald Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling quest...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 4, the 185th day of 2018. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today's Highlight in History: ...

Senator blocks Trump's choice of for Colombia ambassador

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Republican senator has been blocking President Donald Trump's choice to become the next ambassador to Colombia, citing concerns that one of the State Department's most senior...

US diplomat for Asia who studied Mandarin in Taiwan to retire 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The United States State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, announced July 1 that the most senior U.S. diplomat for Asia, Susan Thornton, will retire from the Fo...

US frees up fraction of frozen Syria funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has freed up a fraction of some $200 million in frozen funds for Syria stabilization programs, leaving nearly $195 million in limbo. The St...

The Latest: Trump at CIA for swearing-in of Haspel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the CIA (all times local): 10:46 a.m. President Donald Trump is at CIA headquarters for the swearing-in o...